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Zero Turn vs Walk Behind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by teamdynamic, May 1, 2010.

  1. teamdynamic

    teamdynamic LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    Hey guys I need some help. In my area there are easily more than 100 lawn care companies. Many of the bigger companies are offering prices (12$ for a cut that should cost 18$) that are making it harder for the rest of us. Basically they are hiring illegals that will take dirt cheap wages and throwing them on a bunch of zero turns.

    I refuse to advertise based on price, I would much rather promote our quality of work. In an effort to separate my company from the rest of the pack I'm trying to design a flyer based around the fact that we don't use big riding mowers on your home.

    So what would be pros of a walk behind vs. the cons of a zero turn?

    I'll post the flyer when it's finished
  2. sharpcuts

    sharpcuts LawnSite Member
    from NE OK
    Posts: 78

    Glad I'm not in MI. $12?? $18?? I don't unload equip for less than $35. Even in the rare instance where I make an exception for a neighbor that has 10 min worth of work not less than $25. Now as to your question. 1. Walk behinds are lighter, so less compaction. 2. They don't have as much tendency to tear up the lawn. 3. they can get into tighter spots, so less areas mowed with trimmers. I am sure there are others, but this is what comes to mind right off. BTW I do also have a 60" rider I use for large, open properties. I would go to all walk behinds or standers if I could figure out how to do leaf pickup with them without having to empty the catcher every pass.
  3. teamdynamic

    teamdynamic LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    We used to get those prices until the economy went to hell

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